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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Germany Does Not Want to Block Child Porn

"I will push the position 'delete, not block' [child pornography]," Germany's justice minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, told reporters. "Blocking [child porn images and content] is not an effective weapon in the fight against child pornography." Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger added that blocking sites "...also leads to a loss of trust among internet users."

This announcement followed that of the European Commission's, which plans to block child porn and abuse sites outside of Europe. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) handles such sites within the U.K., as well as 35 other nations. A spokesperson for the IWF said Blocking is a good first step, and a combination of both blocking and deleting is "a good tactic because it's so dynamic."

Child porn and abuse sites are usually hosted from within the U.S. and North America because our infrastructure is so developed.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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